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Monday, December 14, 2009
The worm biz
Monday, December 28, 2009
Thinking back to 2009

Higher learning

I’m happy to confess, one of the great perks of my job in front of first, a typewriter and now a computer, is getting first-hand information from the best bass fishermen in the land. However, that knowledge has come pretty much one trip at a time over the years.
But with the elevation of competitive fishing and the radical changing in methods and thinking among the leaders, an even more condensed source of fishing methodology would seem to be in order. Needed is setting that brings the top anglers together to teach motivated fishermen in classroom environment.
So I’m not talking about a free seminar and tackle sale, but rather some intense course work, over two days, with tuition comparable to a guided trip.
Such a venue is coming to California on January 19-20 in the form of the The Bass University (, an updated and revitalized program developed by national touring pros Mike Iaconelli and Pete Gluszek. The course (or courses) feature solid, and in many cases, advanced data that is clearly made for the dedicated bass fisherman.
Of course, good information is good information, whether you choose to pursue a professional career or whether you just want to elevate your fishing approach and develop new skills. Thus, the Bass University has a program that will satisfy just about any fisherman.
On their California campus (Sacramento), students will get great training (plus questions answered) from several of California’s noted pro anglers. Leading the way are Brent Ehrler, Gary Dobyns, Ish Monroe and the 24-year old Michael Bennett, each offering his own insights on what it takes to catch fish on demand.
By checking out the “school” website, you can get all the details, including some specials, perks, and prices. This could be a great way to kick off the New Year.
NOT MUCH NEWS: You probably already heard, but the IGFA actually put out a press release that they had no news on possible recognition of Japanese-caught world record largemouth from back in July.
IGFA is still considering the matter, and even added a “lie-detector” test for Manabu Kurita, the angler who caught the fish at Lake Biwa, and which weighed 22 pounds, 4 and change ounces.
While nobody minds if the organization is being thorough, the fact that it has taken nearly three months longer than IGFA previously announced is at the very least annoying and at the worst, suspicious. Since the all-tackle largemouth bass world record is the longest standing and most storied in the record books, you have to wonder if IGFA would lose a big chunk of its relevance with a new standard.
We’ll see—whenever they get around to it.
Bass columnist George Kramer, who has yet to graduate from a  fishing school, can be reached by email at

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